• Labor’s VETS Director to Step Down0

    Keith Kelly, who has served as the Labor Department’s top official for veterans employment for the past two years, announced last week that he would leave his post at the end of May. Kelly has served as assistant secretary of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) since January 2013. Previously he had been commissioner of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. “When I leave VETS, I will be 69½, and that is enough,” he said in a statement. “I am leaving a good organization with every confidence it will keep moving forward. I am going back home to Montana to see how a saddle feels again …

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  • Labor Department Grants Support Reintegration of Homeless Veterans0

    Two Labor Department grants totaling $900,000 will be used by the recipients, Advocates for Human Potential in Sudbury, Mass., and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in Washington, D.C., to ease homeless veterans’ transition to civilian life. The $450,000 grants, awarded under the department’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, will help improve the group’s ability to deliver services to homeless veterans, including female veterans and homeless veterans with families …

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  • Labor Department Provides Aid to Workers at Texas Bases0

    The Labor Department is providing a National Emergency Grant worth up to $4.1 million to provide re-employment assistance to about 1,120 workers affected by layoffs at Fort Hood in Killeen and the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana. The grant will provide job training for the former defense civilian workers and contractors. The grant was awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission to provide the affected workers with training and other services necessary to compete for high-demand occupations in their local areas. National Emergency Grants are part of the labor secretary’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. “Civilian workers, who often serve alongside military service members, play an important role in defending our nation and deserve our support when layoffs occur,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

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  • Agencies Show Commitment to Transitioning Personnel0

    The Defense Department and five other federal agencies signed a formal agreement last month codifying their continued commitment to help transitioning service members prepare for civilian life. The statement of intent is a milestone for the effort — involving the departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Labor and Education, and the Office of Personnel Management and the Small Business Administration — to redesign the 1990s-era Transition Assistance Program (TAP), signaling that the revamped program is only the first step in improving transition services for service members that the partners plan to sustain over the long term …

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  • Montana Official to Head up Labor’s VETS Program0

    The Senate confirmed Keith Kelly, commissioner of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, earlier this month to be the Labor Department’s assistant secretary for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). “Keith Kelly’s appointment is welcome news for Montana’s and our nation’s veterans. Keith’s experience as an infantryman and as Montana’s labor commissioner will serve him well in his new role …

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  • Oklahoma to Receive $1.7M for Worker Training0

    About 885 workers in Oklahoma will receive training in aerospace occupations as a result of a $1.7 million National Emergency Grant the U.S. Labor Department announced this week. The funds represent the last portion of a $3.2 million grant the department awarded the state in December 2008 to help workers affected by the realignment of military installations in Oklahoma …

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